Press Secretaries: The New Man

For a few critical hours after President Kennedy's assassination, there was only one man at the White House who could presume to speak for Lyndon Johnson. He was George Reedy, 46, who for 13 years has been a Johnson intimate. By the next day, when Press Secretary Pierre Salinger and the new President had returned to Washington, Reedy had stepped back into the shadows. But not for long. Last week as Salinger announced his resignation to run for the Senate (see THE NATION), waiting at his elbow to take over was Johnson's man George Reedy.

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